Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Columnist: "Christian Right Driving Wedge Into U.S."

(Hat tip: Catholic World News)

Quoting "moderate" (i.e. liberal) Republican John Danforth, a columnist at the Seattle Post-Intelligencer takes on the "Christian right" and promotes Soros-funded "Catholic" voter guides:
The Christian right has virtually taken command of one major political party, ruthlessly uses "wedge" issues, and often demeans those who dare disagree with it.

Liberal punditry? Nope. Such are the conclusions of John Danforth, an Episcopal priest, abortion opponent and former three-term Republican senator from Missouri.

Alarmed at Congress' intervention in the Terry Schiavo case last year, Danforth has penned a book, "Faith and Politics," that has powerful lessons and local applications.

"Followers of the Rev. Jerry Falwell have distributed a bumper sticker bearing the slogan 'Vote Christian,' thereby conveying the clear message that there is a Christian way to vote, as opposed to a non-Christian or anti-Christian way to vote," Danforth writes.

Nor, he argues, does the religious right do the Lord's work.

"The Christian Right has championed a set of divisive issues that test the fealty of politicians," he adds. "Often called wedge issues, their purpose is to split the country apart."

Christian conservative groups are expected to put out millions of voter "guides."

A moderate Catholic group is putting out "Voting for the Common Good: A Practical Guide for Conscientious Catholics," which talks about social justice, poverty and war -- as well as abortion and homosexuality.

They're aiming for 1 million guides, but the Catholic right will likely publish 10 million guides beating the drum on "non-negotiable" wedge issues.

(emphasis added)
My Comments:
Got that?

Catholic teachings on issues like euthanasia, abortion, stem-cell research, and marriage are "divisive wedge issues". Conservatives "divide America" and "split the country apart" when we want to protect Terri Schiavo from being starved to death. But liberals ... errrrr, sorry ... "moderates" aren't being divisive in the terms they utilize to "talk about social justice, poverty and war".

Don't be fooled.

What the left and "moderate" RINOs like Danforth really want is to muzzle those who take their faith seriously - to shut us and our beliefs out of the political process - so that the country can "move on" to "more important" issues like [fill in the blank].

Previous Pro Ecclesia posts on this subject:
Dueling Catholic Voter Guides

More on Catholic Voter Guides


At 10/03/2006 9:19 AM, Anonymous Publius said...

"Unity" to them simply means that we surrender, or at least shut up and let them win.

Here's an idea: gay marriage would cease to be a "wedge issue" right now if their side would simply vote along with us to approve the status quo in all 49 states by passing the FMA. Do you think they'll go for it?

At 10/03/2006 9:20 AM, Anonymous Publius said...

if their side would simply vote along with us to approve the status quo in all 49 states by passing the FMA

Obviously "all" shouldn't be there.

At 10/03/2006 8:37 PM, Blogger RBlaber said...

So, abortion, homosexuality, etc., are 'wedge issues', are they? How are the 'Christian Right' supposed to benefit from this alleged evil master plan to split the US? It sounds like the plot of a Bond movie. Perhaps Jerry Falwell is really a SPECTRE agent!
The intellectual poverty of the individual responsible for this farrago of nonsense is almost great enough to incite pity. It is certainly risible.
Btw, Tony Blair announced at last week's Labor Party Conference in Manchester that if the US didn't want to undertake stem-cell research, then Britain would do it. The UK does, to its shame, already do a substantial amount of embryonic stem-cell research. He also boasted of his Party's introduction of gay 'civil partnerships' (marriages by another name). And Tony Blair is supposed to be on the verge of converting to Catholicism? I think he needs to re-read the Catechism.

At 10/04/2006 12:10 AM, Blogger Freudian Slip said...

These politicians want people to follow them without question. If you start to question, you are put down. These tactics are done just to help give them more power. Talk about manipulation.


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